Should we use props at your next photo session?
Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.
1. Contact Me. Run your ideas by me, I may already have a prop that will work or can provide advice on how we can incorporate a special prop into your photographs. The best props hold meaning and symbolize something for your family.
2. Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from. Pinterest can be awesome, don’t get me wrong. But some of the ideas on Pinterest can get over done. Keep in mind I always put my own creative spin on things, and never directly replicate other sets. This allows me to think outside the box and provide you with a custom experience.
3. Be realistic. It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.
4. Size matters. There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa's farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn't detract from it.
5. Make it meaningful. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.
6. Use what you have. Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing. The great thing is you also get to use what I have. To be honest I have more props than anyone needs! So before you go out and buy something expensive check with be because I may have something similar.
Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus. You want your family or child to be the focus of your portraits. Sometime sessions with too many props can become a distraction for kids, and also take away from the beauty of an image. I am always open to explore ideas!